Ubaldo Jimenez "May Wind Up" in the Bronx
The New York Yankees need another proven starting pitcher, and as you may have noticed, they're not alone in pursuing Masahiro Tanaka.
Nick Cafardo spoke with a few general managers who foresee them settling for Jimenez, or even signing both he and Tanaka. Speaking about Jimenez, one of those GMs said, "he has the type of personality that would fit New York."
But the Bombers could be determined from what they've seem from the Venezuelan right-hander up close. In four career appearances against them, Jimenez owns a lousy 6.45 earned run average.
No "Meaningful Contact" With Tanaka So Far
"And there probably won't be until next week," ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews adds. Tanaka's agent, Casey Close, is currently vacationing.
The deadline for the right-hander to sign with an MLB team is Jan. 24.
"Absolutely No Intention" of Trading Brett Gardner...
Since reaching an agreement with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees have insisted that Gardner is staying put. They like the idea of pairing the two together to form a strong defensive outfield and disruptive presence in the lineup.
Team president Randy Levine reiterated that plan on The Ian O'Connor Show in mid-December.
Despite this stated position, Gardner has generated trade interest from the Cincinnati Reds and others.
...But Austin Romine is Available
Nick Cafardo says that the Yankees' signing of Brian McCann makes the 25-year-old expendable. Francisco Cervelli is expected to serve as McCann's backup.
Romine performed poorly for New York in 2013, posting a .551 OPS in 148 plate appearances.